Interview with Will Holcomb

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
This is an easy question. The greatest joy is watching a story develop right in front of me. Most of the time, when I write, I have only a vague idea of the story and plot so it is exciting watching a story come to life. Once, I worked on a story with one of my sons. We started with an opening line and moved from there. That is extra exciting because there are no limits to where the story can go. After a few more sentences it started taking on it's own life and I was just a guy pressing keys on a keyboard. That's where the joy of writing ends with me. Editing is drudgery and promoting my writing is out of my comfort zone.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I think the story behind the book is as interesting as the book. I am an ex-school teacher and currently a software engineer, not a writer. Like most people, I toyed with the idea of writing a book but never acted on it. At one point in my career I got a job which was a one hour and forty-five minute commute one way. So, I had a lot of time to think and listen to audio books. I downloaded some wonderful books on One of the books was "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions." This book set some thoughts in motion and a great story idea. My sister is a writer, so I called her and pitched the idea. She told me she couldn't write the book but if I could send her an outline she would help write it. This sounded great. I plopped myself behind the keyboard, my fingers started moving and in about two months I didn't have an outline. I had a hundred thousand word rough draft.

My sister lived in Chicago and I lived in Texas. We spent a lot of time chatting on IM and talking on the phone. Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive allowed us to work together and revise the story. This worked well for a while but we really needed to be in closer contact. Well, a bankruptcy was just the thing we needed. Her three year job search in Chicago resulted in her having to move. Most of our family is in Texas now so she packed her family up and headed south to live with our parents until she could figure something else out. (We have wonderful parents.) She was now about five hours away. Well, that wasn't good enough so the stars and planets aligned and my group at work needed a technical writer. Three weeks later she was living in my RV in my driveway and commuting to work with me. We had to time to together to work on the book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Richard Bach is the one who got me into reading after reading 'Illusions'. I have enjoyed his other books also. Robert Pirsig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' is one of my favorite books. I had to quit reading Dean Koontz because I rarely have 3 days to spend reading and his books keep me going (and I am a slow reader). You can look me up on Goodreads to see other books I have read.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Most mornings, what gets me out of bed is having to go to the bathroom. If left to my own devices and didn't have to get up for work I would write from about 10 pm to 2 am and then sleep until I felt like getting up. No one has ever accused me of being a morning person.
What is your writing process?
1) Have a story idea
2) Start typing
3) See what comes out
4) The slow process of editing :(
What do you read for pleasure?
I like books that challenge me and make me think. I read a lot of non-fiction on psychology, philosophy, religion, and then a lot of fiction with an inspirational or philosophical nature. Sci-fi, such as James P. Hogan or Robert Heinlein are always an option. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is one of my favorite books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I still prefer a paper book. I have an e-reader but can't think of the last time I picked it up. I buy books at Half Price Books or Goodwill.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Still figuring that out but Goodreads is where a lot of my readers come from. Go follow me there.
Describe your desk
Yeah, that's not a pleasant picture. It's pretty bad.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mostly, I had a story that wouldn't let me go and had to write it. With all the ways to self publish nowadays, it was an easy path to take to get feedback on my work. The Infinite Jeff is a four part book so I could release the parts and see how people respond while I was editing the other parts. I think that was a good choice. The response has been overwhelmingly positive so that has let me know what I am doing is worth while.
Published 2019-01-10.
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Books by This Author

The Infinite Jeff (part 3): A Parable of Change
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,290. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Inspirational
This is the continuation of The Infinite Jeff, parts 1 & 2. In part 1, Stanley goes on a life changing road trip, meeting many people. In part 3, Stanley and Jeff go back the same way they came and see what blossoms from the seed Jeff planted on the first trip.
The Puzzler
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,890. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2018. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A one act, two person play where Blanch, a woman with affluenza (inflated self-worth), is doing community service in a nursing home due to drunk driving tickets. To avoid any real work, she does puzzles with a patient, Weldon. Weldon unassumingly dives deep into her psyche and the woman who walks out at the end of her community service isn’t the same one who came in.
Clinically Un-Depressed
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,640. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Plays » American / African American
Clinically Un-Depressed is a two act play, a dramatic comedy, about a boy with a chemical imbalance which causes him to not be able to be angry or sad. Due to his condition, his psychologically abusive father and the grumpy old man in the neighborhood have to deal with him differently than they deal with other people. Anger does not work with the boy.
The Infinite Jeff (part 2): A Parable of Change
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,430. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
Please read part 1 before reading this part. Stanley, an out of work tech writer, gets a short-term contract job across the country. Of the three areas he feels give meaning to life: family, work, religion; he has left the only one of the three which has meaning to him, family, to go be ‘just a tech writer’ at ‘just another company.’ But ...
The Infinite Jeff (part 1): A Parable of Change
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,770. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(5.00 from 11 reviews)
Stanley,an out of work tech writer,is unsatisfied with the meaning in his life. Of the 3 places he feels should have meaning,religion,work and family,only one gives his life purpose: family. In PART 1 this starts to change. Out of desperation to support his family, he takes a contract job across the country. He can't afford to fly so he takes a cross-country journey. Everything changes.